19 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    12 March 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    9 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Early years

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L2 to L6

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, outstanding teacher, with expert knowledge and understanding of Early Years practice, to take on the role of Leading Practitioner at Ridgeway.

This is a demanding and exciting leadership role, requiring excellent collaborative and organisational skills. The successful candidate will be innovative and flexible in their approach, able to think creatively, problem solve, use initiative and take responsibility. They will be able to demonstrate an infectious enthusiasm for working with children.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellence in primary age teaching, including in EYFS and will have a sustained history of improving teaching and learning beyond their own classroom. They will possess an excellent understanding of the components that comprise outstanding teaching and learning and be able to apply and promote our teaching and learning policy and approach to all stakeholders.

As part of the Senior Leadership Team, the Leading Practitioner will act as a role model, promoting our ethos, values and approach and holding high expectations of themselves and others. They will promote diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the role. Initially, they will have the strategic overview of EYFS provision and its development at Ridgeway and will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of EYFS. They will lead, develop and support the improvement of teaching skills in EYFS and across the school, and work as a team to ensure all children maximise their potential, make excellent progress and achieve the highest possible outcomes. They will be committed to safeguarding children and have a good understanding of safeguarding policy and procedures and be able to put this into practice.

This is a class-based role with a regular in-reach commitment.

What the school offers its staff

What we offer:

Our children are independent thinkers and problem solvers who enjoy a challenge; they are motivated by our creative curriculum, where their ideas and questions help to shape the learning. We aim for our children to become the innovators who will go on to shape our world positively in the future, and with this in mind, we equip them with the necessary life skills and develop their social responsibility. We are proud of the quality relationships and the atmosphere of mutual trust and respect within our school community that enables everyone to feel safe, valued and happy here. Ridgeway is a stimulating and supportive environment for staff, where everyone is a learner. We have a clear focus on pedagogy, research, training and development and all practitioners are encouraged to be creative, collaborative, responsible, resilient and reflective in everything they do.

If you are an experienced and successful leader with expertise in EYFS, who shares our ethos, values and vision, come and be part of our dynamic staff team who are passionate about ‘Nurturing every child for lifelong success’.

For a taste of our school, you can visit our website on https://www.ridgewayprimaryschool.org.uk/

Commitment to safeguarding

Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children. This post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check and references. Promoting equality and diversity.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to office@ridgeway.croydon.sch.uk

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About Ridgeway Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
654 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Phone number

We are delighted to welcome you to our nurturing school where children are at the heart of everything we do. From our strategic decision-making through to teaching and learning, we strive to fulfil our ethos of nurturing every child for lifelong success.

At Ridgeway, staff prioritise getting to know each individual child and building strong relationships with every family, so that children are fully included and well-supported both academically and pastorally. We offer a rich and deep curriculum, which develops a wide range of skills, knowledge and interests in our children and gives them the tools needed to be happy and successful in life.

Arranging a visit to Ridgeway Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@ridgeway.croydon.sch.uk.

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